Rommel Estanislao Interview: How an Engineer Pursued and Taught Himself Art

Rommel ‘Omeng’ Estanislao is a prolific clay artist, children’s book illustrator, graphic artist and comics artist. He’s also a member of SKP or Samahang Kartunistang Pilipinas. His shaggy strokes give life to his inventive imagination. There’s always something about his comics that can melt your heart and make you chuckle. He has done a series […]

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Joanah Tinio-Calingo Interview: Navigating Time Between Motherhood and Artistic Passion

Joanah Tinio-Calingo graduated from the Universityof the Philippines, College of Fine Arts. A member of the independent komiks group, Point Zero, she is the creator of the Cresci Prophecies, and the co-creator of Kanto Inc. (which she works on together with her husband, Melvin). Her works have been displayed in the Jorge Vargas Museum, and […]

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Melvin Calingo Interview: Powering Through Towards Finishing Your Art

Melvin S. Calingo is the real name of the artist Taga-Ilog. He majored in visual communications at the University of the Philippines, and graduated cum laude in 1999. During his college days, he directed two animated short films, “Puti” and “Blind Beauty”, which won top honors in 1999 and 2001, respectively, at the Cultural Center […]

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Noel Pascual and AJ Bernardo Interview: Conquering Daily Obstacles and Challenges

Noel Pascual is a researcher and writer who took up Library Science in UP Diliman. He has written several indie komiks including “Crime-Fighting Call Center Agents”, “Patay Kung Patay”, and is one of the creators working on ABS-CBN Publishing’s “Shake Rattle & Roll” books. He also dabbles in illustration and some of his art has […]

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Tepai Pascual and Maika Ezawa Interview: The Value of Feedback and Practice

Tepai Pascual is a Fine Arts graduate of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Since then, she has worked as an Art Director in a top advertising agency, and produced comic book series: “Mark 9 Verse 47” with Maika Ezawa; Noodle Boy, Alamat ng Matibay and Buhay Habangbuhay with Paolo Herras which is now a […]

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Arnold Arre Interview: Some Practical Advice from an Award-Winning Artist

Arnold Arre is a Filipino fantasy artist, graphic novelist, and self-taught animator best known for his graphic novels “The Mythology Class” and “Trip to Tagaytay” which won Manila Critics Circle National Book Awards in 2000 and 2001 respectively. His debut short animated film “Milkyboy” was screened in several festivals worldwide and won awards at the 25th Gawad […]

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Why Leon Is One of THE Best Examples of How to Avoid Cliche Characters

When you were creating and conceptualizing your characters, did you ever get that feeling that you’ve seen them somewhere before? You know… that feeling that they aren’t very original, or that they’re just copies of your favorite character? Or maybe, you can’t help but shake the feeling that all of your characters sounds the same, […]

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